Should the Colts Sign a Veteran Quarterback as a Backup Plan for Carson Wentz?
What would happen if last year happened again this year with the Colts? Will they be better if everything else was basically the same, but instead, Carson Wentz is at the helm? He certainly could go back to being what he was two years ago when he led the Philadephia Eagles during the regular season in their Super Bowl year. But it’s not a guarantee because if you look at the whole body of work, he has that one tremendous year in 2017 where he went 11-2 as a starter with 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Wentz also ran pretty well that year with 64 rushing attempts at 4.7 yards per carry. But outside of that, he has been a much more average quarterback. His QBRs for the other years of his career are 46, 62, 62.8, and 49.6. If you think of those years, it basically makes him just a shade ahead of the league average.
He probably will have a pretty long leash in Indianapolis, mainly because the Colts can win games without their quarterback taking over or even if their quarterback is playing poorly. So they probably should have some replacement options just in case Wentz struggles. They have Jacob Eason right now, the fourth-round pick of the 2020 draft, but it’s not like they really can put a ton of faith in him yet. It would be interesting if they signed Andy Dalton, Jameis, Winston, or Ryan Fitzpatrick, one of these other veteran backup quarterbacks.
They are taking the upside shot on Wentz, basically betting that he’s able to come back and find that form that made him an MVP candidate in 2017. But, if things go wrong for him, and he plays like he did last year, then what? Then you’re screwed. You have this great defense, an excellent running game, a great offensive line, and you don’t have anything to do with it because of the quarterback. But if they sign Fitzpatrick, Dalton, James, or someone like that, they at least have someone they can bench Wentz for and get roughly similar production from like a bad Carson.